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Chapter 15. Scams > Sham Tax Forms

Sham Tax Forms

Con men are ever so clever in tricking unsuspecting people to reveal personal information that can lead to identity theft. A common scam involves sending you phony forms that appear to be from either banks or the IRS that request such personal information as marital status, place of birth, bank account numbers, employment history and parents’ names: information that can readily be translated into identity theft. The form appears to be quite official looking and often is similar to genuine forms. One such form, which purports to be from a taxpayer’s bank, says that it is a Reporting and Withholding Exemption Form and asks for PIN numbers and the maiden name of the taxpayer’s mother. No IRS form requires such information, so you should be wary if you receive such a form.

Another fake form that is being circulated is a Form W-9095 entitled Application for Certificate Status Ownership for Withholding Tax. It looks quite similar to the legitimate IRS Form W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification with which taxpayers, particularly those who have obtained mortgages with tax escrow accounts, are familiar. Again though, the phony form asks for more personal identifying information than does the legitimate form.


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